Javed Akhtar, poet-lyricist and now the celebrity judge on the upcoming reality show Indian Idol 3 feels that talent hunt shows provide the perfect platform for budding talent.
The interesting aspect in the third season of Indian Idol is that most of the contestants are between 16 to 18 years of age. This is a relatively younger age group compared to earlier seasons of the show. He says, “We choose the contestants on the basis of talent and then groom them. The basic criterion is that they should have natural inclination towards singing."
“I believe that one is either a born singer, writer or an actor. It’s not an acquired talent. You can only groom the talent you have.” Quiz him about his views on TV writing, and he says, “I’m very uncomfortable with the idea of telling stories in installments. That’s why I don’t watch TV soaps.”
Ask him if is criticising the medium and he clarifies, “No, I’m not against the way stories are told. It’s just not my style. Just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean that it is bad.”